The Wall Street Journal gives an inside cover today to an old question: Why can’t I pick the technology I use in the office? (Skip the paywall with Google) The Wall Street Journal’s certainly not the first to address the topic: Slate tackled it this past summer, with countless office workers grumbling the same questions well before, during and after these and other pieces.
The article tackles the costs, infrastructure and support challenges in handing over IT decisions to users, but generally is pretty keen on a rosy future where companies cut costs using consumer tools, support for non-standard choices is handled via internal user self-help forums, and data leakage is taken care of via virtual machines launching here, there and everywhere.
More on users and IT:
- CIO’s cost-cutting measures include move to Gmail
- Everyone hates your insecure password rules
- Help user-IT relations with a party: So crazy it might just work